Recently p/x'd the wifes Zafira Life 2.2direct auto for an Astra Elite 1.9 CDTI auto as the Zaffy was guzzling the petrol. Astra seems a good little car, however we've got a couple of issues:
1) drivers side windscreen wiprs hits the A pillar at the top of the sweep and high speed setting doesn't work. Seems like a common problem and the wiper linkages need replacing (bought the car with a 6 month warranty so this shouldn't be a problem, going to get it booked in this week to get fixed).
2) any time the car goes over about 1800 revs (so when the turbo kicks in i think!) there is a very loud whine, getting louder as the revs increase, which I can only describe as the same sort of noise as when you reverse some cars at a decent speed, sounds a bit like an electric motor!
Neither a 1.7CDTI manual Astra that we test drove or my Vectra (2.8 auto) make this noise, and I've not got much experience with diesel turbos so I don't know if this is a normal noise or not. It doesn't sound like a turbo "whistle" or any of the other noises I've heard on youtube videos of 1.9CDTIs making funny noises!
Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction, or just confirm that it's normal, before I have the horror of a trip to the dealers. (They denied that there where any problems with 2.2directs when I asked them to check the timing chain on my previous Vectra!)
I know this is a Vectra forum, but there's usually someone here who can help. I will ask on the Astra Owners network as well, but being new there I'm not sure what sort of responses I'll get!
Anyway, sorry for the essay, and thanks in advance!